Epoxy is a polymeric resin with high strength and durability. Epoxy has been used in many applications, including construction, manufacturing, electronics, aerospace, and marine.
When mixed with other resins or solvents like MEK (methyl ethyl ketone), epoxy can form a strong bond on surfaces such as countertops.
You can use MEK to create a clear finish for your epoxy resin or use DMEK (dimethyl ether) for a dark black finish. If you want to make your own epoxy countertop then follow the steps below:
Can you epoxy over existing countertops?
You can use epoxy to cover your existing countertops.
- Laminate: A water-resistant coating will help protect laminate from spills, stains and wear.
- Wood: If you have wood counters that have been treated with polyurethane or lacquer, the surface needs to be thoroughly cleaned of all waxes before applying epoxy.
- Granite: Epoxy can also be used to coat granite countertops in order to protect them from water damage and scratches.
Table of Contents
- Can you epoxy over existing countertops?
- How do I prepare my countertop for epoxy?
- How many coats of epoxy do you need for a countertop?
- Can you epoxy coat laminate countertops?
- How long does epoxy last on countertops?
- Can you put hot pots on epoxy countertops?
- What kind of epoxy do you use on countertops?
- What is the cheapest way to refinish countertops?
How do I prepare my countertop for epoxy?
- Clean the countertop with a degreaser.
- Prepare the countertop for epoxy.
- Remove all fixtures such as sinks, faucets, and ranges.
How many coats of epoxy do you need for a countertop?
As with any project, the number of coats will depend on how much work you want to put into it. In general, I would suggest two coats of resin and one coat of hardener (for three total).
This will provide the most durable finish possible. Epoxy is a two-part system that requires mixing equal parts resin and hardener.
To achieve a thicker coat, simply add more hardener than resin; to get a thinner layer, swap out some or all of your hardener for more resin.
Can you epoxy coat laminate countertops?
If you’ve ever considered using epoxy on your laminate countertops, stop right now. Epoxies are not recommended for laminates because they’re not durable enough to stand up to the wear and tear that happens with everyday use.
The same goes for wood veneer-faced plywood cabinets—these materials just don’t have enough strength to survive regular wear and tear, which means they won’t hold up well under the weight of a coat of epoxy paint.
So what does this mean for you? It means that if you want a durable finish for your laminate surfaces (and who doesn’t?), you’ll need another option besides painting over them with an epoxy coating!
If this is the case, consider having us apply PolyTouch® plastic coatings instead! These high-performance polyurethane finishes can be applied directly onto kitchen surfaces without affecting their appearance or structure:
How long does epoxy last on countertops?
Epoxy coatings last for years, but the life of your epoxy countertops depends on the type of epoxy used and how often it’s refinished.
For example, commercial-grade hardeners like PPG Duramax and Bostik EpoCrete use a special catalyst that allows them to cure faster.
These types of epoxies (which are generally used for industrial applications) will have a shorter lifespan than others because they require more frequent refinishing.
Commercial-grade epoxies also tend to be more expensive than consumer-grade products—so if you plan to re-coat your countertops every few years anyway, go with something less expensive and designed specifically for kitchen counters!
Other factors contributing to the longevity of your final product include how well prepared you were during installation and how much care was taken during application.
The better prepared you are ahead of time, the faster it will bond; likewise, proper application ensures that all surfaces are thoroughly covered with no voids or gaps where bacteria could grow unnoticed.
Can you put hot pots on epoxy countertops?
Epoxy is a high-temperature resin, so you can use it to make countertops. However, epoxy isn’t the best choice for countertops.
It’s thicker than other materials and doesn’t flex as easily under stress in places with a lot of movement (like right above an oven).
Instead, if you’re looking for an affordable material that will stand up to heavy pots and pans being put down on it every day, consider using granite tiles instead.
These tiles come in different colors and sizes, so they can be used as any kind of tile—and they won’t break the bank!
What kind of epoxy do you use on countertops?
Epoxy is a two-part resin system that’s used in countertop coating and flooring applications. It’s durable, resistant to chemicals and water, easy to apply, and easy to clean.
When epoxy is properly applied it’s very hard wearing and can last for years without fading or chipping away.
Epoxy can be used over existing laminate countertops with no damage done to the surface of your current kitchen sinks or cabinets because it bonds directly with the surface that you are covering instead of using glue like some other types of countertop coatings do.
What is the cheapest way to refinish countertops?
The most economical way to refinish countertops is to use a sprayer. This can be an expensive investment at first, but it is well worth the money if you plan on doing many projects.
A sprayer will allow you to apply the epoxy evenly and quickly, saving you time and energy in the long run. You can also use rollers if you have access to one or are willing to buy one; however, this method takes longer than using a sprayer because it requires more coats and extra drying time between coats.
If you don’t want to buy a sprayer or roller, consider using brushes instead as they don’t require any special equipment since they’re meant for spreading paint rather than applying varnish like rollers are designed for doing (although brushes aren’t as effective).
However, this method takes even more time than using rollers because it requires more coats and significant drying time between them!
We hope this guide has helped you learn how to epoxy over your countertop. It’s a great way to personalize the look of your kitchen, and it’s something that almost anyone can do themselves!